SPOT THE SIGNS TRACKING MOUNTAINTAIN GORILLAS
It can be tricky to see gorillas in the rainforest so it’s essential to listen out for their sounds. Gorillas communicate in a series of grunts, screams and rumbles, and even through singing and laughter. Some are piercing and loud, others deep, soft and barely audible.
Droppings will indicate the gorillas’ trail, but their size will also tell you whether the ape you’re followingowing is a silverback or a smaller gorilla.orilla. If they’re still warm your gorillasllas will be close by, of course. Gorillas’llas’ urine also has a distinctive, strongng smell.
LEAVESL AND STICKS
GorillasGo are voracious eaters and mainlym vegetarian. They often skim leavesle from a branch or peel a stem to getge at the juicy insides, leaving piles of plantpl debris on their route. Vegetation willw also be bent, broken or flattened, revealingre their direction of travel.
Nests are vacated every morning and it helps to start tracking early so that the gorillas won’t have wandered too far. They tell you how many gorillas are in the group, who they are and how healthy they are. Dung near each nest will also tell you who slept there.